Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Chapel Service, and other supporters too numerous to mention.
We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19. We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies. We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.
If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has recently announced that our pastor, the Rev. Louis Telcy, will continue to be the appointment of our senior minister at RUMC for the 2021-2022 year. This will mark the third year that Pastor Telcy has served our church. During that time, what a blessing the Telcy family has been to our congregation!
We want to thank Muriel and Russ Harris for taking on the job of for creating a banner celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Riverview First United Methodist Church. In 1846, Leslie Chapel was begun across the Alafia River in the village of Peru, Florida, and RUMC has been at its current location for more than 100 years. We will display the banner at the Florida United Methodist Annual Conference later this month.
The church wants to remind everyone that the COVID-19 epidemic is not yet over. It is imperative that everyone wear a face covering upon entering the sanctuary. We still want to take every precaution so that everyone can feel safe while working or attending services or classes in the sanctuary, the church office, or fellowship hall.
The trustees are planning to begin repainting the building perhaps as soon as the end of May. They are currently evaluating a number of paint samples to determine the best color to paint the various campus buildings. Samples are available for examination in foyer of the sanctuary. Let the trustees know if you have a preferred color choice.
The Metropolitan Ministry Partnership team needs volunteers to help serve luncheon from 10:15 AM until noon on Tuesday mornings. Connie wants you to know that there is no contact with the public, as the hot lunches are placed into take out containers and left for the diners. If you are available just one day each month, it would be a great help. Let Connie know at (813) 766-7104 if you can assist.
We are continuing an in-person study on Billy Graham’s book entitled The Holy Spirit. We are meeting on Wednesday mornings from 10 am until 11:30 AM in Crichton Hall. Contact Margo Holliday for more details. Face coverings are required of all attendees.
Speaking of the trustees, their next meeting is this coming Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00 PM. A number of issues are on the agenda, including upcoming building usage events, ongoing repairs to the youth building, and upcoming painting and improvement projects. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, and it will be held online on Zoom. If you are interested in attending, let Mike know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will send you an invitation.
Likewise, the entire Church Council will meet the following Tuesday evening, May 11th, again at 7:00 PM and again via Zoom.